SANADA and BUSHI defeated Michael Elgin and David Finlay.
A short basic tag match, Sanada made Finlay tap out with his Skull Crusher submission. Without a doubt Sanada has been amazing to watch and is improving with every match he has. I have no doubt he will be holding singles gold in NJPW in the very near future.
EVIL and Hiromu Takahashi defeated Katsuya Kitamura and Hirai Kawato
It was obvious who would win this one but the one thing that stood out in this contest was the difference in body and size between the two young lions. Kawato has a very small frame but has a lot of heart, his partner Kitamura is seriously Jacked to the point where he made Kawato look like a small boy. It was Takahashi who was able to lock in a Lion Tamer and made Kawato tap while Evil prevented Kitamura from making the save.
Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi defeated Minoru Suzuki and Taichi.
This was more of a street fight than a tag match as both teams brawled through the crowd at the start of the match. Finally they made it back to the ring and it was Tama Tonga and Suzuki who were hitting each other with some sickening shots that would make any normal man huddle in a corner and cry for his mother. The more I see Suzuki compete the bigger fan of his I become and this match just made me want to see him and Tama go one on one even more now (and that’s now the one match I’m looking forward to on day 10). The ref lost complete control of this match and it turned back into the brawl that started the match. El Desperado attempted to interject himself in the match but it was thanks to the quick thinking of The Tokyo Pimp and his Pimp Stick that got the Bullet Club the win over Suzuki Gun, when Takahashi hit Taichi in the head with the Pimp Stick just before Taichi could hit him with his mic stand. The ref counted the pin but this was not the end of the fight as both Suzuki and Tama Tonga wanted to continue the brawl and had to be separated only making their match on Day 10 even more intense and definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Kenny Omega and Chase Owens
When you have someone as entertaining as Omega in a match you know it’s going to be a fun watch and this didn’t disappoint. One Bullet Club member that has stood out is Chase Owens. I think he has a very bright future ahead of him and will be a big time player for Bullet Club in the future. It was Chase who ate the pin fall after being hit with an elevated cutter or 3D Kojima then hit a cutter on Omega taking him out then he finished off Owens with a stiff Lariat. This was a great way to build up the match for tomorrow between Omega and Kojima as Kojima desperately needs a win and some points in the tournament.
Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, and Gedo defeated Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Tomoyuki Oka
This was another fun entertaining match and you would not expect any less with Toru Yano and Ryusuke Taguchi the Funky Weapon in the same match. Yet again it was the underhanded tricks of Yano that got his Chaos team the win after he connected with duel Low blows for Oka and Taguchi. The Funky Weapon rolled out of the ring in pain and Yano took the chance and rolled up Oka to win the match.
Togi Makabe defeated Yuji Nagata
This was a pure slugfest as both these veterans of Japanese wrestling hit each other as hard as they possibly could until Makabe was able to hit his Knee drop of the top rope and win the match. Unfortunately this meant that Nagata still has not got a single point in this years tournament.
Bad Luck Fale defeated Kota Ibushi
Both men needed a win to stay close to the leader of their block after both men lost in the previous round. It was obvious that Ibushi would be fighting from underneath for the majority of the contest and the only way he would be able to stop Fale’s domination was to use his high risk move set. It was Fale who dominated most of the match but like I said Ibushi fought back and took some insane risks to overcome The Under Boss including a Moonsault of the balcony on too Fale who was waiting in the crowd below. The momentum was with Ibushi but the turning point came when he attempted a Powerbomb on Fale but there was no way he was going to be able to get him up for it. Fale took the advantage and after he hit Bad Luck Fall it was all over and Fale picked up the two points.
Hirooki Goto defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
I was not surprised that Sabre Jr was able to test the resolve of one of the best in Japan, he isn’t called the Technical Wizard by fluke and boy did he prove why that moniker suits him perfectly as he attempted infinite submission holds on Goto but he would not give in proving why he is one of the best in NJPW. Goto was able to pick up another two points and put a stop to the impressive win streak of Zack Sabre Jr with a GTR.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated YOSHI-HASHI
This was a fantastic match put together by two fan favourites and even though I really thought Yoshi-Hashi was going to pick up a much needed win it was Tanahashi who has been wrestling the majority of this tournament with one that picked up the win when he hit his High Fly Flow Frog Splash putting him top of Block A with 8 points.
Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito
This battle was never going to disappoint as these two polar opposite characters clashed yet again and just like their previous battles this was just as impressive. You could see that Ishii knew he needed this win so that he did not fall to far behind the leaders in Block A and after he finally managed to get Naito up and deliver his Brainbuster he was able to collect those all important two points.
After today and looking at the Block standings it is getting even harder to choose who will come out on top in this one but no one can argue that with one arm and still leading the way Hiroshi Tanahashi certainly is the Ace of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Hiroshi Tanahashi 8
Tetsuya Naito 6
Zack Sabre Jr. 6
Hirooki Goto 6
Bad Luck Fale 6
Tomohiro Ishii 6
Togi Makabe 6
Kota Ibushi 4
Yuji Nagata 0